Our farm is currently home to 3 different breeds of Ducks
The Swedish Ducks were our first animals on the farm. A beautiful breed, they are very mild mannered and we find them to be very easy to manage. Moving them around the farm is very easy as they herd well, yet are intelligent enough to anticipate where you are herding them towards; a great starter breed.
While they do not lay as many eggs as our other breeds, they are solid egg layers in the spring. Broody ducks are very committed to hatching out ducklings, sometimes teaming up to hatch out a clutch of eggs.
We have Blue, Black and Silver Swedish Ducks. A few Crested Swedish hatch out from time to time as well.
We have reduced the number of these ducks on our farm to a few individuals that we have selected for breeding. If you are interested in raising some Swedish ducklings of your own in the spring, contact us and we will schedule a hatch for you.
Welsh Harlequin are a breed of duck that were developed from the Khaki Campbell breed, and by many accounts are as good or better in their laying ability. They are a very good laying breed with a mild temperament in addition to a stunning appearance. They are just as easy to move and manage as our Swedish ducks.
White Layers are a white strain of the Golden 300 Hybrid. These hybrids were developed by John Metzer of Metzer Farms. They are capable of laying up to 290 eggs in a year, given appropriate lighting and care. Excellent layers, though they may be, we have not found them to be very good at being moved around the farm. They are by far our loudest birds, and their quacking is often reminiscent of boisterous laughter. Have a joke that fell flat at work? Try it on these ducks, they’ll make you feel better.
While the Layer Ducks have not impressed us with their appearance, nor with their intelligence, it must be said that White Layers are aptly named. Prolific egg production has been their hallmark here on our farm, and it seems they are here to stay.